In a performance that will never be forgotten, Phil Mickelson dominated a difficult Ocean Course at Kiawah Island with a -6 282 to become the 2021 PGA Championship winner.
With the win, Mickelson becomes the oldest man to ever win a major at 50 years, 341 days old. He surpassed Julius Boros, the 1968 PGA Champion at 48 years old, as the oldest major winner ever.
The 50-year-old was going to need a special exemption to play at the US Open in his hometown of San Diego next month. He was a 300-1 shot to take home the Wanamaker Trophy before the tournament started at DraftKings Sportsbook. But now he takes home his sixth major championship, his second Wanamaker, and adds an unforgettable chapter to an already secure legacy.
The Ocean Course played at over 7800 yards, and some of his competitors on the leaderboard such as Brooks Koepka (T-2, -4) are simply able to fly the ball farther than he can at an advanced age. But his phenomenal shotmaking, not to mention remaining one of the best players in history with any kind of wedge in his hand, overwhelmed the field and the course.
It’s the first major win for Mickelson since 2013, and his first victory on the PGA Tour anywhere since February of 2019 at Pebble Beach.